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Buttigieg Proposes Stronger Rules On Airline Refunds

The Hill reports: The Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed a new rule on Wednesday that clarifies when airlines owe passengers refunds. The regulation is the department’s latest move to strengthen refund enforcement amid re-surging flight demand that has left the industry scrambling and sent passenger complaints soaring. “When Americans buy an airline ticket, they should get to their destination safely, …

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JetBlue To Buy Spirit Airlines In $3.8 Billion Deal

CNBC reports: JetBlue Airways reached a deal to buy Spirit Airlines, hours after the discount carrier scrapped plans to merge with Frontier Airlines. JetBlue said it will pay $33.50 a share in cash for Spirit in a $3.8 billion deal. A JetBlue acquisition of Spirit would create the country’s fifth-largest carrier, and if approved by regulators, would leave Frontier as …

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Thousands Of Flights Delayed Or Cancelled [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: As of Saturday night, nearly 650 flights in the United States had been canceled and more than 5,200 flights within, into or out of the country had been delayed, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware. FlightAware data showed that the three airports in the United States most affected by cancellations and delays on Saturday …

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Airlines Blame FAA Staffing For Flight Disruptions

ABC News reports: Airlines under scrutiny for widespread flight disruptions are renewing their criticism of the government agency that manages the nation’s airspace, saying that understaffing at the Federal Aviation Administration is “crippling” traffic along the East Coast. Airlines for America, which represents the largest U.S. carriers, said Friday it wants to know FAA’s staffing plans for the July Fourth …

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US Air Travel Disruptions Continue For Fourth Day

NBC News reports: Thousands of flights wound up cancelled and delayed during the Juneteenth and Father’s Day holiday weekend, which included the busiest air travel day of the year on Friday, according to the TSA. More than 6,300 flights were delayed within, into or leaving the U.S. on Saturday, and 859 flights were cancelled, according to the flight tracking platform …

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US Air Travel Woes Continue For Third Day [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: For a third day in a row, travelers across the country are facing high numbers of flight delays and cancellations. As of noon ET on Saturday, more than 2,030 U.S. flights were delayed and almost 690 U.S. flights were cancelled, according to FlightAware, which tracks flights in real time. Friday reported a whopping total of over 8,900 …

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Delays And Cancellations Again Snarl US Air Travel

USA Today reports: More than 1,000 U.S. flights are canceled as of noon on the East Coast Friday with over 2,000 more posting delays. New York area airports account for nearly a third of cancellations so far, according to FlightAware, which tracks flights in real time. The headaches come on the heels of one of the worst days yet for …

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Flight Cancellations Continue To Thwart Holiday Travel

USA Today reports: Airline travelers are not only facing sticker shock this Memorial Day weekend, the kickoff to the summer travel season. They’re also dealing with a pileup of flight cancellations. More than 1200 flights were canceled as of 3:00 PM EST on Sunday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. That followed more than 1,500 cancellations Saturday and 2,300 Friday. …

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3500+ Holiday Weekend Flights Canceled So Far

CBS News reports: Airline travelers are not only facing sticker shock this Memorial Day weekend, the kickoff to the summer travel season. They’re also dealing with a pileup of flight cancellations. More than 1,200 flights were canceled as of 2 p.m EST Saturday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. That followed more than 2,300 cancellations on Friday. Delta noted in …

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Man Jailed For Masturbating Four Times During Flight

From the Justice Department: Antonio Sherrodd McGarity, 34, of Arlington, Texas, pleaded guilty last week to Lewd, Indecent, or Obscene Acts While on an Aircraft and was sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah M. Fine to 48 days in prison, followed by one year of probation. McGarity is also prohibited from flying commercially in the United States while on probation. …

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Spirit Urges Shareholders To Reject JetBlue Takeover

CNBC reports: Spirit Airlines’ board on Thursday urged its shareholders to reject JetBlue Airways’ hostile takeover attempt, citing regulatory hurdles and accusing the airline of trying to derail its planned merger with fellow discount carrier Frontier Airlines. JetBlue launched its hostile takeover bid on Monday after Spirit earlier this month rebuffed its surprise $33-a-share, all-cash acquisition offer. The tender offer …

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Officials: Chinese Crash That Killed 132 Was Deliberate

ABC News reports: The China Eastern Airlines plane crash that killed 132 people is believed to have been caused by an intentional act, according to U.S. officials who spoke to ABC News. The Boeing 737-800 passenger jet was flying from Kunming to Guangzhou on March 21 when it plunged into a mountainous area. All 123 passengers and nine crew members …

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JetBlue To Make “Hostile Bid” To Acquire Spirit Airlines

The Associated Press reports: Rebuffed twice, JetBlue is going hostile in its bid for Spirit Airlines and asking shareholders of the low-cost carrier to reject a proposed $2.9 billion acquisition by Frontier Airlines. JetBlue is going straight to shareholders with its offer in hopes of pushing the board of the South Florida airline to the negotiating table. Shares of spirit …

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Flight Out Of Israel Aborted After Passengers Are Sent Photos Of Plane Crashes Via Apple’s AirDrop Feature

The BBC reports: The captain of a Turkish AnadoluJet flight aborted its take-off at Israel’s main airport after passengers received plane crash images on their phones. Israel’s aviation authority said the aircraft was taxiing at Ben Gurion Airport when the incident happened. Passengers and crew were taken off and the luggage reinspected. Several young Israelis were identified as suspects and …

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Passenger Opens Emergency Door, Walks Onto Wing

Chicago’s NBC News affiliate reports: A person was arrested early Thursday after he opened the emergency exit of a moving plane on the runway at O’Hare International Airport and walked out onto the wing, police said. United Airlines officials confirmed that the incident occurred on flight 2874 from San Diego to Chicago. The plane was approaching a gate when the …

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Man Gets 60 Days In Assault On Flight Attendants

ABC News report: A 23-year-old man featured in a video that went viral after he groped two flight attendants, punched a third, screamed his parents had $2 million and was duct taped to a seat of a Frontier Airlines flight was sentenced Tuesday to 60 days in jail followed by one year of supervised release. Max Berry pleaded guilty to …

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Major Airlines, Uber, And Amtrak Drop Mask Mandate

Axios reports: United, American, Delta and Southwest Airlines all announced that mask requirements would be suspended in the U.S., and on select international flights, effective immediately. JetBlue Airways said Monday evening that masks would be optional in the U.S. Face masks are also now optional onboard all Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. Uber announced Tuesday that riders and drivers are …

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Biden Admin: Airplane Mask Rule Is No Longer In Effect

CNN reports: A federal judge in Florida struck down on Monday the Biden administration’s mask mandate for airplanes and other public transport methods, and a Biden administration official says the order is no longer in effect while the ruling is reviewed. US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle said the mandate was unlawful because it exceeded the statutory authority of the …

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Major Airlines Lobby Feds To Drop All COVID Mandates

ABC News reports: The largest lobbying association for America’s airlines is urging the federal government to lift mask mandates for all air travelers and COVID-19 testing for international travels — among the last vestiges of coronavirus crisis mandates. “I am writing to urge you to end the pre-departure testing requirement for international air travel and to end the mask mandate …

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FAA Issues Record Fines Against Two “Unruly” Fliers

Via press release from the FAA: U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed the largest-ever fines ever against two passengers for alleged unruly behavior. The fines of $81,950 and $77,272, respectively, are part of the approximately $2 million the agency has proposed since Jan. 1, 2022. “If you are on an airplane, don’t be a jerk and don’t …

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